NCWLIFE Evening New November 12th, 2021


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson will be back next week; I’m Jefferson Robbins. We’ve plenty of news for you this Veterans Day evening, but before we get to that, it’s time for a quick look outside our weather window:
What you see out there right now is pretty much what you can expect through your weekend. Medium cool with intermittent rain. Every forecast we’ve seen calls for exactly that over the next 48 hours or so. The only chance of a sunbreak we see at this point is maybe Sunday, but probably more likely Tuesday, when we trade off cloudy skies for some lower temperatures. Dan Kuntz will be along a little bit later with your full weather forecast.
But now, A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight: Wenatchee police had to forcibly remove a man from a Cadillac SUV this morning as it threatened to sink into the Columbia River. One person is dead and two Soap Lake residents injured after a single-vehicle crash on I-90 east of Vantage. And three local bus drivers are being hailed as heroes for helping out a pedestrian during a medical emergency. Now, our top story tonight. . .
Car in river – Wenatchee Police officers pulled a 36-year-old DUI suspect from his vehicle moments before it rolled into the Columbia River near the Odabashian Bridge this morning. Sergeant Ryan Weatherman said the officers likely saved the man’s life. Police were summoned about 5:40 a.m. to Stemilt Growers in Olds Station, about a suspicious vehicle on their property. The Escalade then drove along the river toward the bridge, where officers found it with its front wheels hanging off the embankment. Weatherman said officers had to struggle to remove the East Wenatchee man from the vehicle before it went into the water and sank. The man was transported to Central Washington Hospital for a medical check, and then to the Chelan County jail. He faces a DUI charge along with possible charges of assault and resisting police. Recovery experts spent most of the day extracting the Cadillac Escalade from the river.
Soap Lake I90 crash – One person is dead and two Soap Lake residents injured after a single-car rollover on Interstate 90 about 10:15 last night. State troopers say 23-year-old Brayan Verduzco was driving east on I-90 near milepost 126 when he tried to pass another car, then spun out his 2009 Honda Civic due to the slick roadway. The car struck a rock wall and slid off the highway, killing a 37-year-old passenger. [IMG I90 Ryegrass]
Verduzco and a second passenger, 50-year-old Laura Sanchez-Valtierra, were injured and treated at Kittitas Valley Hospital. The deceased passenger has not yet been publicly identified.
Border grants – The state Commerce Department is disbursing $2.6 million in grants to businesses and nonprofits affected by the long border closure between the U.S. and Canada. Okanogan County is among the 10 counties targeted in the spending, with applicants eligible for up to $50,000 apiece. Cross-border traffic accounts for a good percentage of the county’s economy, and tourism-related businesses have particularly suffered during the 18-month pandemic closure. More than 200 business across the 10 counties qualified for the relief.
Bus drivers praised – The Wenatchee School District is praising three of its bus drivers for the efforts they made last month in assisting a citizen who was having a medical issue. The district said Maribel Davidson, Tommy Bishop, and Doug Russell were returning from their routes when they saw a person collapse on the sidewalk while walking their dog. All three immediately stopped, called 911 and used their first-aid training. They then stayed on the scene until EMTs arrived, and they made sure the dog made it home safely. The citizen has since recovered, and sent a note to district Superintendent Paul Gordon that said in part QUOTE My heart was touched by these heroes who gave me such comfort and support.
TEASE -Coming up next: The Chelan County PUD needs to build more substations, and its considering a new customer fee to help pay for them. And a call for supplies from a local food pantry yields a big response from generous public donors. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening news. . .
PUD fee meeting – The Chelan County PUD needs to build more substations to accommodate new homes and businesses, and one way to pay for them may be through something called a system impact fee. The utility district is considering adding the one-time fee when it creates connections for new customers. It could add about $1,200 to the cost of some new connections, and generate about $1 million annually based on current growth factors. You can comment on the proposal in a virtual open house that the PUD is running right now on its website, through November 19th. That’s at
Lighthouse food donation – The supplies at Wenatchee’s Lighthouse Christian Ministries food bank were getting alarmingly low when General Manager Shawn Arington put out a call for help this month. Help arrived in a big way Wednesday, as Arington explains.
Apple Cup Café Thanksgiving – The long-running Apple Cup Café Community Thanksgiving Dinner will return after a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chelan restaurant announced Wednesday that the free dinner will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Last year would have been the 24th-straight year for the dinner. As many as 1,500 community members annually show up for the meal. The meal includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries and more. The restaurant is looking for volunteers to work both in-house, and to deliver meals to people who are unable to make it.
TEASE – Coming up next, Congresswoman Kim Schrier just helped pass one huge infrastructure bill, and she’s confident the Build Back Better Act will pass next. That plus weather and sports still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .
Schrier infra bill – Congress’ $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill is now a law. But there’s even more and bigger social spending coming up for a vote in the Build Back Better Bill, possibly as soon as next week. I spoke this week with 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier. Many of her initiatives were included in the huge infrastructure package, and she has high hopes for the next big vote.

TEASE – And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

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Hockey FINALLY returned to the Town Toyota Center last night after a departure of 615-days…
Wenatchee raced out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Anthony Cafarelli and Brodrick Williams in the 1st period but West Kelowna came storming back with four-unanswered goals in the 2nd. Owen Bohn and Garrett Szydlowski tied it up in the third to send it to overtime. That’s where the Warrior’s Felix Trudeau won it 38-seconds into the extra frame of 3-on-3 hockey.
The Wild and Warriors will go at it again tonight in the Town Toyota Center at 7:05.

Things didn’t go so well for another home team on the ice in Washington as the Seattle Kraken were beaten by Anaheim 7-to-4…
Seattle fell behind early and even though Jaden Schwartz tied it in the second, the Ducks kept answering all night long for the win. Also scoring goals for the Kraken were Jordan Eberle and two by Jared McCann.
The Kraken will host Minnesota tomorrow night at 7 o’clock on ROOT Sports.
Let’s check out the Les Schwab Scoreboard in State volleyball play at the SunDome in Yakima…
Manson won twice and is in the semifinals of the State 2B Tournament. The Trojans swept three sets from Tri-Cities Prep Thursday morning and then won a dogfight in the afternoon against Goldendale. After losing the first set 25-15, Manson won the second 25-19, then lost the third 15-25, but won the 4th 25-19. So it went to a 5th set with the Trojans coming out on top 15-12.
Okanogan went 1-and-1 on the day, falling into the loser’s bracket. The Bulldogs beat Toutle Lake in four sets to open play, but then fall in straight sets to No. 1 La Conner 25-18, 14 and 10.
Goldendale put Okanogan out of the tournament this morning, winning in straight sets 25-10, 10, 11.
Manson fell in the semifinals to La Conner in straight sets 25-10, 18 and 17. The Trojans were to play for 3rd or 4th against Raymond.
Pateros had their season come to an end with a straight-set loss to Shoreline Christian Thursday morning.
Waterville-Mansfield lost its first match to Neah Bay 25-21, 15 and 17. Their late match was delayed because of a leak in the SunDome roof from all the rain and moved to another court. They finished playing after 11 o’clock last night, falling to Republic in the loser-out match 3-sets-to-one.
The Chelan Goats began their plight for a second-consecutive State 1A Volleyball Championship today in the SunDome. Win or lose, Chelan will face either Lakeside or College Place tonight at 9:45.

Wenatchee had its season end in dramatic fashion last night in the pouring rain in Yakima…
They went to double-overtime with Davis before falling 25-24.
Wenatchee tied it with 19-seconds left in regulation on a 35-yard field goal by Alex Sanchez. And, despite two touchdowns by Camden Loidhamer in the first and second overtimes, Davis scored a touchdown and two-point conversion to win it on their last possession.
Eastmont and Moses Lake represent the Big-9 in the first round of the State 4A football playoffs tonight. The Chiefs are in Spokane to face Gonzaga Prep while Eastmont is south of Sammamish to face Eastlake.
Coach Michael Don says his team measures up a little better than the previous two trips to State for the Wildcats…
Eastlake is a 2nd-seed and undefeated at 10-and-oh. Don says they have big kids all over the place…
Eastmont had 14-players make the All-Big-9 selections that came out this week and were recognized with the Offensive Line of the Year, Offensive Lineman of the Year in Tony Ortega, and the Defensive MVP in Logan Schneider. Schneider, a senior linebacker, is out after hand surgery last week but Don says his presence is still being felt…
While Schneider is out, Eastmont will see the return of senior running back Corbin Keys, who’s been out for seven weeks with a knee injury. Keys says it killed him to be out but he’s excited to be back…
The weather is supposed to be extremely wet for tomorrow night’s game, which Don doesn’t think will necessarily be an advantage…
Eastmont kicks off at 7 o’clock against Eastlake. Moses Lake’s kickoff against Gonzaga Prep is also at 7.
Omak will also have a 7 o’clock kickoff tonight in the first round of the State 1A Football Playoffs. The Pioneers are at Union Stadium in Mead to face Lakeside, Nine Mile Falls.
Brewster plays at Columbia-Burbank south of the Tri-Cities in the first round of the State 2B Playoffs. They’ll kick off tonight at 6. The winner will face Okanogan in the second round next Friday or Saturday.
Waterville-Mansfield has a date at South Bend High School tomorrow afternoon against Naselle. The first-round State 1B football game will kick off at 1 o’clock.
Liberty Bell will host Cusick in the first-round game tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Area swimmers and divers from Eastmont, Wenatchee, Moses Lake and Cashmere will be in Federal Way for the State Swim and Dive Meet this weekend…
They’ll be swimming and diving at the Federal Way Aquatic Center today and tomorrow.

Tonasket steps into the quarterfinals of the State 1B-2B Girls Soccer Tournament tomorrow…
The Tigers will face No.2-seed Kalama on their home turf tomorrow at Noon. Top-seed Okanogan will take on Adna tomorrow at 1 o’clock here in the Wenatchee at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.

The college football weekend for Washington teams will get underway at 1 o’clock tomorrow in Ellensburg…
That’s where Central Washington will host Simon Fraser. The Huskies are home against Arizona State in Seattle at 4 o’clock on FS1. Eastern Washington plays at UC Davis at 5 o’clock on ESPN-plus. Washington State will try to upset No. 3 Oregon at Autzen Stadium at 7:30 on ESPN.

All indications are that Seattle and Green Bay will have their starting quarterbacks in Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field…
Russell Wilson has successfully practiced all week and said he’s good to go Sunday after missing four weeks from surgery on the middle finger of his throwing hand. Aaron Rodgers missed a game with COVID. Seattle is expecting to see No. 12 across the line of scrimmage for Sunday’s kickoff, at 1:25 on CBS.

Thanks Eric.
Finally from us tonight.
Dangerous dog – Wenatchee Valley Animal Care & Control is advising the public to not approach a dangerous dog at large in the Eagle Rock and Sunnyslope area. The dog is described as a large black and brown German Shepard and has been spotted on Lovell Road, Crestview, and Anna Lane. If you see this animal, please report the sighting to Animal Care and Control, and do not attempt to interact with the dog.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you. You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Jefferson Robbins, Grant Olson will be back with you on Monday. Have a great weekend.